He worked in the RTÉ newsroom as a reporter during the 1960s and 1970s, covering events in Northern Ireland.
In 1972, he travelled to Austalia, where he studied acupuncture. He began practising as an acupuncturist on his return to Dublin in 1975, while also working in the newsroom. He went on to study homeopathy in Germany and other treatments, including chiropractic. He runs the Turner Clinic of Advanced Alternative Medicine in Stillorgan, Dublin.